(Closed) Pregnancy and Migraines

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am so hoping my migraines go away when I get pregnant or after I have a child.  This is what happened with my mom.  I am especially curious about what will happen considering my migraines are ussually around the time of my period.  Great question!

But while I am not pregnant, I take Exedrin Migraine or just regular tylenol.  Neither really helps me feel better, rather they just take the “edge” off…you know, the sharp part.  I ussually just lay in a dark quiet room and try to rest.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think yours might be worse than mine fom the sound of it…I have never gone to the ER for one, though there were two times specifically that the intensity of the pain was very scary.  I was thinking about going but not sure what could be done for it.  I have only been getting them for a year or so.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

So I am with the migrane sufferers here.  I usually need to use Imitrex, caffiene, Excedrin migrane or some combination of the above every time I get one… Mine were hormonally linked…

And you know what?  I haven’t gotten a single one since being pregnant.  I scarcely even remember what they were like at this point!  It’s been a blissful 6 months that way.  I did get a few tension headaches in the very beginning, but nothing that a can of coke and a couple tylenol didn’t cure.

I don’t know very many people who continue to have migrane problems through pregnancy (though there are a few).  For those people, there are other stronger options to treat (such as narcotics)…  Probably the same narcotics they give you when you go to the Emergency Dept for your migranes now.  Narcotic pain medications are considered “safe” during pregnancy, as long as you aren’t taking them long term.  In your case, they would obviously consider that the risk to the mother of having the HA is far worse than the risk to the baby of taking the narcotic.

So try not to fear the migrane!

***and remember, talk to your OB about this… What I’ve provided here is just some thoughts, not medical advice!***

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Glad to help.  I had the same question before we embarked on this process!  I refused to suffer through fetal position, vomit inducing headaches without some sort of solution 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

I, too, was really scared about migraines and pregnancy! I used to pop Excedrin to quell off mini-headaches all the time!  Now I still get the tinges of a tension headache coming on… and I take Tylenol, but I have to say it’s been extremely minimal!

I did have one bad night… where I even googled my migraine meds to make SURE I couldn’t take them… but a washcloth, lots of sleep and the dark got me out of it in a day. But the normal routine of migraines has really fallen to the wayside!

 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2018 - Still Looking!

I have them so frequently that I’m disabled.  Though by this point, I’m into the “central sensitization” phase — fewer killer migraines and more of a chronic daily headache….

Anyway, I too had fewer migraines while pregnant.  When I got one that I couldn’t survive, one Tylenol 3 (Tylenol + codeine) usually helped enough to make it bearable.  I had a handful of doctors over the course (rotating OBs, perinatologist, and hospital stays), and no one was the slightest bit concerned about the Tylenol 3.  So that may be one option. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

The best thing to prevent them is vitamin B complex.  I have never been pregnant, but I went from 3-4/year to none unless I forget or I do something stupid trigger-wise.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t get migraines but one time while I was pregnant I had a horrible headache that when on for two days.  I could barely move my head.  I just laid there and wished and hoped for it to go away.  Tylenol and sudafed wouldn’t touch it. 

Even after it was gone I could still feel it at the fringes.. like it could come back at any second.  I called my Dr. and they called me in an Rx.  I can’t remember what it was now but at least I know they can prescribe for pregnant women with migraines if that helps at all. 

I never had it filled and never had another bad headache.  Thank goodness!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My migraines didnt go away when I was pregnant. But tylenol actually started helping them. Tylenol doesnt do anything for my migraines now but it did when I was pregnant, somehow.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had terrible migraines before I was pregnant.  I think since I’ve been pregnant I’ve had 2 migraines – I’m 29 weeks now.  There are some medicatons they will let you take if your migraines are that severe.  My friend is having her 3rd baby and she’s taken Fioricet with all 3.  They are fine.

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